One time UK target Armando Bacot Jr. committed to North Carolina on Thursday. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound center picked the Tar Heels over Duke, Georgia, Oklahoma State and VCU, but before Bacot Jr. cut his list to five the Cats started recruiting him.
It was too little, too late for Kentucky. He didn’t make his list of 10, although UK wasn’t recruiting him. UK started talking with Bacot after he cut his list to 10 but couldn’t make much ground, UK didn’t make his final five.
Bacot Jr. had a great summer winning Peach Jam, being named MVP and winning a gold medal for the USA U18 team. He played three varsity seasons for Trinity Episcopal School in Virginia but announced earlier this summer he will transfer to IMG Academy in Florida. In his last two seasons at TES he went 61-5 while winning the 2017 state title and averaged 24.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during the 2018 season.
UK remains in a solid spot for James Wiseman, Vernon Carey Jr. and Matthew Hurt. Kentucky is interested in Oscar Tshiebwe but haven’t offered. Bigs are a priority for UK in 2019.
Better UNC than Duke I suppose.
I’ll be attending…… pic.twitter.com/q19S3cUUVN
— Armando Bacot Jr. (@iget_buckets35) August 16, 2018